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Ann Brown - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Ann Brown Ann Brown

Adjunct Assistant Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Adjunct Assistant Professor focused on adults and healthy aging specializing in anxiety, substance use and trauma disorders.


ANN MARIE BROWN joined the adjunct faculty in 2012 and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor. She has been providing mental health and substance abuse services to adolescents and adults for more than 25 years.

A licensed clinical social worker, Brown maintains a private practice in the Philadelphia area, specializing in treating individuals with anxiety, substance use and trauma disorders.

Prior to the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Ed., she served as a collaborating clinical investigator for the DSM-5 field trials in routine clinical practice settings.

She received her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in individual and family studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Education (2)

Rutgers University: M.S.W. 1993

Pennsylvania State University: B.S. 1979

Areas of Expertise (6)

Social Work Education

Trauma Disorders


Adults and Healthy Aging

Substance Abuse

Social Work

Industry Expertise (6)

Training and Development

Health Care - Services

Mental Health Care

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers



Research Articles & Publications (3)

Effectiveness of adjunctive, personalised psychosocial intervention for non-response to opioid agonist treatment: Study protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial Contemporary Clinical Trials

John Marsden, Garry Stillwell, Jennifer Hellier, Anne Marie Brown, Sarah Byford, Michael Kelleher, Joanne Kelly, Caroline Murphy, James Shearer, Luke Mitcheson

2017 Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a debilitating and relapsing psychiatric disorder; opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is the front-line, evidence-supported treatment. A substantial number of patients relapse or continue to use heroin or other illicit drugs during OAT. There is considerable heterogeneity in the OAT-resistant sub-population, with many behavioural moderators of treatment response. We have developed a personalised psychosocial intervention (PSI) targeting these individuals. A formulation-guided assessment is linked to a toolkit of motivational, cognitive/behavioural and social support techniques. Change methods have been adapted from evidence-supported psychological therapies and are idiosyncratically tailored to the need and response.

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Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale: testing the mental health categories Open Access Emergency Medicine

Anne-Marie Brown, Diana E Clarke, Julia Spence

2015 The study tested the inter-rater reliability and accuracy of triage nurses’ assignment of urgency ratings for mental health patient scenarios based on the 2008 Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS) guidelines, using a standardized triage tool. The influence of triage experience, educational preparation, and comfort level with mental health presentations on the accuracy of urgency ratings was also explored.

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Reducing uncertainty in triaging mental health presentations: Examining triage decision-making International Emergency Nursing

Anne-Marie Brown, Diana E. Clarke

2014 Little is known about how emergency department (ED) nurses make decisions and even less is known about triage nurses’ decision-making. There is compelling motivation to better understand the processes by which triage nurses make decisions, particularly with complex patient populations such as those with frequently emotive mental health and illness issues. While accuracy and reliability of triage decisions generally have been improved through the introduction of standardised triage scales and instruments, other factors such as lack of knowledge or confidence related to mental health issues, past experiences that may elicit transference and countertransference, judgments about individuals based on their behavioural presentations may impact on decisions made at triage. In this paper, we review the current research regarding the effectiveness of triage tools particularly with mental health presentations, present a theoretical framework that may guide research in understanding how triage nurses approach decision-making, and apply that framework to thinking about research in mental health-related triage.

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